Ways to Give

Your Gift Helps the Library Prioritize Equity

A message from Executive Director Jenni Collins

"Madison Public Library cares about the atmosphere, and allowing the library to be a free community space, where no one is discriminated against. Anyone can come, and everyone has access to all the information they need. It's a safe place." — Hasan Kaya, patron

Equity and inclusion are high priorities at the Madison Public Library and the foundation. The foundation has deliberately made them a key action item in its strategic plan.

The library lists “equity” among its five core principles, and with support from the foundation, it ensures that all nine library locations reflect the diverse communities and provide safe educational spaces for all residents. Before launching new programs, staff utilize the city’s Racial Equity and Social Justice Assessment Tool to identify barriers to participation and opportunities for achievement. Library Director Greg Mickells says that we want to “make the library a welcoming and safe place for all.”

We hope you feel positively about the equity and inclusion work at the library, and we ask you to make a contribution to the foundation to fund the programs, capital projects and endowments your donations help each year.

The foundation also takes its role seriously to fund projects that create access to library resources, increase literacy in the community, and help Madisonians achieve their goals.  As a donor, we hope you share in this effort and wish to add your continued support.

Here are some examples of what your gifts have made possible:

More Books for Our Youngest Readers. Your gifts funded a major collections purchase using $30,000 to replace and enhance board books, early reader books and classic picture books. These collections are well-loved but worn out. Aligning with the City’s Racial Equity Initiative, the expansion and improvement of collections in lower income neighborhoods is the primary focus, providing all children in Madison the same strong access to early literacy.

Urban Fiction Book Club at Goodman South Madison Library. There is a void at Madison Public Library for a book club that serves people of color, especially younger patrons. Librarians Nasra Said and Brianna Williams co-curate the new Urban Fiction book collection, filled with stories written by diverse authors and featuring multicultural characters. Those who join the club can explore their interests and identity in a comfortable, welcoming space. 
 
Mentors Advancing Health and Literacy at Meadowridge Library. Black Men Run, Brown Boys Read is a pilot program funded through your donations. Community activist Aaron Perry of Rebalanced-Life Wellness Association helps to organize the program, which pairs 15 teenage boys with mentors. The goals include reducing health disparities and strengthening reading skills while promoting literature written by people of color.
 
I hope you support our belief in building a community of shared access and resources that betters our city. As a donor, you help us achieve these goals by funding programs that connect people to our libraries, its dedicated staff, and many resources. Thank you for your generous contributions, and I hope you will donate again this year to support these equity efforts.
 

Sincerely,

Jennifer J. Collins
Executive Director

P.S. Did you know that you can contribute in honor or in memory of a friend or family member? You can make a gift that says “happy holidays” and supports the library, too. Just check the appropriate box and fill in the person’s name below or online at mplfoundation.org/donate. 

 

 

 

If you have a donor-advised fund through Fidelity Charitable or Schwab Charitable, you can make a gift directly to Madison Public Library Foundation through DAF Direct.

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